As we celebrate the Christian holiday of Advent, we should remember that, as an institution, we are at the forefront of many aspects of the Christian faith, from our relationships to the environment, to the health of our children.
And that means the Bible, our sacred text, is an important part of our lives.
But it also means the people we work with, and the way we treat them, can be, in many cases, at odds with what the Bible says.
We’re talking about what is called the “catholic ethics”, the “secular morality” that is at the heart of Christianity.
The “catechism of the Catholic Church” outlines the ethical code and rules for people of faith and non-believers.
It sets out the “biblical rules” that should guide our daily lives.
It says: “Do not act unjustly; do not steal; do nothing that is contrary to the word of God.
Do not lie; do no uncleanness.”
The first thing we should do when we encounter a person who seems different to our own is to ask, “Are you a Christian?”
This is especially important when a person is not a member of our own faith.
This question has been asked in countless conversations, from meetings of the church, to a doctor’s office, to our local mosque, to an elementary school.
But while this is a legitimate question, we also need to recognise that, for many of us, it is a question that doesn’t just apply to us; it’s also relevant to others.
The question arises in the context of the debate around climate change, which has been raging for a number of years.
The science behind the problem is undeniable.
We need to do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and, in the process, help to limit the impact of climate change.
It’s also true that many of our current policies have a negative impact on our environment, because they are ineffective and costly.
But there is one thing we can all agree on: We need a change of heart.
A lot of the time, we don’t want to talk about our “values”, but rather our “moral code”, and that’s because the “moral” part of what it means to be Christian is not something that is clearly understood by those who have it.
And what we need to be sure of is that we are acting ethically in every aspect of our daily life.
If we do not act ethically, we may well be tempted to behave irresponsibly.
We may not have a clear understanding of what constitutes “right” behaviour.
We can’t afford to put our children in a dangerous situation, because we are afraid they might be injured or harmed.
We are tempted to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the hope of getting away with it.
If those are our “value” points, it’s not a good sign.
It also becomes apparent that if we don, in fact, value our ethical values, we have a choice: either we change them or we don.
But even if we do so, we cannot simply abandon them.
We must be willing to consider what is right and wrong.
What is the best way to act in the world?
What is our moral code?
In this spirit, I want to address the issue of climate action.
We often think of climate as a moral problem, but in reality, it has much more to do with the way our world works, and how we live it.
It is an environmental problem.
Our planet is constantly being reshaped by human activity, from the destruction of forests and wetlands to the construction of dams and pipelines.
There is no escaping it.
What matters is that the environment is managed in a way that allows it to thrive.
This means, first and foremost, that we must be very careful to ensure that our forests and oceans and soils remain healthy.
That means we must manage our land and our oceans to maintain the health and sustainability of our ecosystems.
It means we should not allow the production of greenhouse gases or the release of pollutants into the atmosphere.
We should also make sure that we do what we can so that the planet does not become too polluted.
It is not always possible to achieve this through measures like cap-and-trade schemes.
But we need policies that are consistent with these principles.
We also need a system of accountability.
There are many ways that we can help to address climate change and protect our environment.
For example, by using technology and energy efficiency, we can increase our efficiency in the production and use of energy.
And, by doing so, our society will be able to benefit from the savings that we will reap from the reduction of our carbon emissions.
By ensuring that our cars and trucks are equipped with electric drive, they will also be less vulnerable to the impact on the environment of the increasing number of people who will be driving them.
In addition to these measures, we need a commitment to clean air and